why do we need to speak in tongues
Regarding speaking in tongues, the Bible never tells us that we must speak in tongues. A good passage is 1 Cor 12:27-31:
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues[a]? Do all interpret? 31But eagerly desire the greater gifts. The obvious answer to his rhetorical question (in bold) No, of course they don t!. This idea is picked up earlier in 1 Cor 12:7-11, where different gifts are given to different people as the Spirit determines.
This is a really clear answer from the Bible (yay! ), the Bible doesn t tell us that we must speak in tongues. Which brings us to the second part of your question about whether Christians who speak in tongues are some how superior to those who don t, or whether we re missing something. Back in the first passage the last verse says that we are to eagerly desire the greater gifts (V31). But V28 tells us that they are more like the gifts of apostleship (which you and I aren t! ), prophecy, teaching etc In fact, tongues are last on the list! The gift of administration is even above tongues in this ordered list. Sometimes it s easy to over-emphasise tongues because they look impressive, when really God values other things more highly. Don t get me wrong, tongues are still a gift from God and still good, but the exact problem the Christians in Corinth had was that they played a game of one-up-manship based on who had the better gift, and who followed the better Apostle - and that s why Paul hammers them in 3:1 as mere infants in Christ.
Don t let whether you speak in tongues or not shake your confidence in Christ! Finally, I think it d be really good to be encouraged by what Christianity is all about. Have a read of this: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in CHRIST. (Eph 1:3) If you have Christ, you have it all!! That s worth remembering I think. #10: Is tongues-speech an ecstatic experience? The NT never uses this term to describe speaking in tongues. Many define БecstaticБ as a mental or emotional state in which the person is more or less oblivious to the external world.
The individual is perceived as losing self-control, perhaps lapsing into a frenzied condition in which self-consciousness and the power for rational thinking are eclipsed. There is no indication anywhere in the Bible that people who speak in tongues lose self-control or become unaware of their surroundings. Paul insists that the one speaking in tongues can start and stop at will (1 Cor. 14:15-19;б 14:27-28;б 14:40; cf. б 14:32). б There is a vast difference between an experience being БecstaticБ and it being БemotionalБ. Tongues is often highly emotional and exhilarating, bringing peace, joy, etc. , but that does not mean it is БecstaticБ. Article originally published onб. Used with permission. Sam Storms б is an Amillennial, Calvinistic, charismatic, credo-baptistic, complementarian, Christian Hedonist who loves his wife of 44 years, his two daughters, his four grandchildren, books, baseball, movies, and all things Oklahoma University.
In 2008 Sam became Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Sam is on the Board of Directors of both Desiring God and Bethlehem College & Seminary, and also serves as a member of the Council of The Gospel Coalition. Sam is President-Elect of the Evangelical Theological Society. This article is part of our larger resource library of terms important to the Christian faith. From heaven and hell, to communion and baptism, we want to provide easy to read and understand articles that answer your questions about theological terms and their meaning. б
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